Restrict Use of Mobile Phones by Children


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I agree. There should be restrictions on the use of mobile phones on children. Younger kids say 2 years old and below, should not be allowed to use the gadget as it might affect their development. School children may be allowed to bring a mobile phone to school (only when absolutely necessary) but with close supervision of the parents or guardians. And they should be taught responsibility in using the gadget.


Madagascar Beat Super Eagles To Top Group

By checkpointcharley on 30. June 2019 • ( 0 )

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Madagascar scored in both halves in the last Group B match of the 2019 African Cup of nations, played at Alexandria stadium, Egypt to finish top of the group with seven points, ahead of the highly rated Nigerians who came second with six points.

Guinea crashed out of the tournament despite a 2-0 win over the weeping boys of the group, Burundi.

Burundi are also heading home after losing all three of their group matches, without scoring a single goal.

Ruga And The Fulani Agenda In Nigeria, By Former Minister Fani-Kayode


By checkpointcharley on 30. June 2019 • ( 0 )

Femi Fani-Kayode
Nigeria’s Former Aviation Minister

On 6th February 2014 the leader of IPOB and the lion of the East, my friend and brother Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, said the following, “As they campaign vigorously for elections, you would think, they are coming to grow the economy, enthrone justice, breed unity and tolerance, love for one another.

No, they are coming to elevate Hausa-Fulani supremacy, to reposition the security agencies by sacking all competent hands and replace them with their kinsmen to drive their ethnic domination of the Biafrans, the Fulani herdsmen will be armed and encouraged to slaughter us with impunity, and their masters will protect them. They are coming to ensure that my people are enslaved forever.

Those who do not, believe me, will soon see it happen before their eyes.”There is no gainsaying that he has been proved right. On 2nd December 2014, he went further by saying, “Then a group deadlier than Boko Haram will emerge, they will seize our farmland, rape our women, kill our people and their master will protect, defend and even arm them because their sole agenda is to enslave us forever.

Those who cannot see it now will soon see it. The hatred in their souls for my people is legendary. They do not see us as humans. They kill, they slaughter, they burn and they destroy. Mindless bloodletting is in their DNA. My people are in trouble”. Five years later every word that Nnamdi has uttered in this prophecy has come to pass. Love him or hate him can anyone doubt the fact that God spoke through him on at least these two occasions?

What have we not seen in Nigeria? What have we not been through? What have we not suffered? What have we not been afflicted with? What have we not been subjected to?

First, it was political sharia. Then Islamist Boko Haram. Then terrorist Fulani herdsmen. And now Ruga cow settlements.

Nigeria has become the biggest shithole on the African continent. We are like an open public toilet that has never been flushed. Everything about our country stinks!

They say they want to establish Ruga settlements all over the country for the Fulani and their cows. Is cattle business Government business?

Cows were made for men, men were not made for cows. Cow-love is unnatural and bestial. For a man to view a cow as a woman and feel aroused by it is sickness.

They cannot push a nation to the brink of war simply because of their inexplicable and disgusting attraction to a mooing cow and their inordinate ambition and insatiable desire to conquer others.

They cannot use their cows and herdsmen from hell to cut us short and mow us down like the winter wheat and the summer grass.

They have taken everything from us: our nation, our dignity, our identity, our future, our self-respect, our destiny, our lives, our liberty, our faith, our hope, our resources, our substance and so much more. And now they want to take away our land!

Well, I have news for them: this will not happen without a fight! It can only happen over our dead bodies! They have removed the gloves and they are brazenly baring their fangs.

Ours is a government of the Fulani, by the Fulani and for the Fulani. Ours is not a nation but a conquered, occupied and subjugated vassal state which was specifically and cleverly crafted and forged for the benefit and advantage of the Fulani, their stooges and their cows.

This is self-evident. It is an incontrovertible and indisputable fact. And it raises a number of fundamental questions about our supposed unity and so-called nationhood.

We are constrained to ask: are we really one nation? Were we EVER one nation?

Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the Premier of the old Western Region of Nigeria and the erstwhile Leader of the Yoruba, raised this question in his famous book titled “Paths To Nigerian Freedom” as far back as 1947 and his answer was a resounding “no”.

He made the point that there was as much difference between a Turk and a German as there was between a Fulani and an Igbo. 72 years later, I have to say that I agree with him. It is one of the greatest ironies of our history that the same Awolowo that wrote that brilliant book and that displayed such remarkable, unprecedented and prophetic insight about the nature and future of our union was a major player in the savage and cruel war that was waged and brutal genocide that was unleashed against the innocent civilian population of Biafra in the name of keeping Nigeria one.

This contradiction in Awolowo’s otherwise great and extraordinary legacy of excellence, principle and patriotism is something that I have never been able to comprehend or understand.

Nigeria is not one nation and I do not believe that we ever were. We were just pretending and lying to one another: publicly professing love but secretly hating.

Whichever way you see it the following deeply profound and philosophical questions must be answered.
What does a compassionate, gentle, refined, beautiful, reticent and kind-hearted bird like the flamingo have in common with an aggressive, repugnant, violent, greedy, loud, flesh-eating, ugly winged-beast and bestial creature like a crow.

What does a peacock have in common with a vulture?
What does a kiwi have in common with an ostrich? What does a penguin have in common with a quail?

What does the noble, courageous and regal eagle have in common with a heartless chicken, a singing partridge, a humming pigeon, a red robin, a caged and chirping budgerigar or a cuckoo out of hell?

What do the refined, the civilised, the educated and the noble have in common with the ignorant, the bloodthirsty, the savage and the blood-lusting barbarian who hail from another world and from another century?

What does light have in common with darkness?
What does living have in common with the dead?
What does the blessed have in common with the cursed?

What do the children of the Most High God have in common with the sons and daughters of perdition and the seed of Satan?

Those that continue to insist on “one Nigeria” must answer these questions and rid themselves of their sadistic disposition, masochistic fantasies and destructive delusions.

The truth is that “one Nigeria” died long ago but the Fulanization and Islamization gambit of General Muhammadu Buhari has finally buried her and put a nail in her coffin.

What COZA pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo said in church about rape allegation


June 30, 2019 Azeezat Adedigba and Samuel Ogundipe

Biodun Fatoyinbo

The embattled founder and leader of the Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, delivered his first Sunday sermon since the allegation of rape broke on Thursday.

Although there were speculations that Mr Fatoyinbo would not attend the service; he did.

Before the sermon commenced, about seven women gave what was tagged ”COZA testimony.” All the women spoke, separately, about how they met Mr Fatoyinbo and how their life has changed for good.

The cleric’s wife, Omodele Fatoyinbo, started the sermon with a Bible scripture from ”2 Samuel 22:1”

She rejected the rape allegation against her husband and said he would never do such.

Mr Fatoyinbo then climbed the podium to appreciate his members for being steadfast despite the allegations.

The programme which started at about 9 a.m. ended at 10:35 a.m.

Background

Biodun Fatoyinbo has held Nigerian headlines since Thursday morning when the interview of one of his alleged victims was made public.

Busola Dakolo, a former member of COZA, told YNaija in the emotional interview that she was 16 when Mr Fatoyinbo raped her in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The allegations prompted condemnation of the preacher, who has faced previous allegations of sexual misconduct from two women.

On Sunday, scores of protesters gathered at the church’s headquarters in Abuja to march against Mr Fatoyinbo.

Simultaneous protests were held in Lagos and Abuja.

Despite the protests, thousands of church members still gathered to worship at the Abuja church.

Exact Words

When he spoke, Mr Fatoyino said he had been consulting with his mentors. He also announced the suspension of a planned programme of the church.

See his full statement below.

”Having you in my life, I am the most blessed pastor in the world. It took me a long time to get here today. I did not like what I saw today. Some if you came early, this is not what I want to put you through. I will only say something to you, if I was not a pastor of this church, I will be a member.

“I have been relating with all my mentors, you know I am a man under authority, I really love to listen to them. So, I am going to be giving a few instructions as time goes on but the first instruction I want to give is, be that as it may with what is going on, I am not a desperate person to say we must have the programme. With what is going on I don’t want to put any… I don’t like… I am a peaceful person, you know that.

“So, because of this, we are going to be having prayers every day for those who are interested to come. But we are not going to have the ‘seven days of glory’ (grumbling) because I don’t want all these kinds of stuff. I think last month we prayed for a whole month and we do all of that. Please, let’s be people of peace.

“So, if you want to pray with us, you can come here to pray. But the regular seven days…, you don’t want to put your guest speakers through that. You know we love to host people properly; we don’t want to do that. And you know some of them, apart from the fact that the Lord spoke to me about that, my mentors said to me, this is what we need to do while we step in and make sure we see what is going on. And you know what we stand for in COZA. So, please let’s obey God in our mentors and be a people of peace.

“Also, when you are going out, they are going to direct you how to go out, please don’t fight anybody, don’t reply anybody, you came to worship. They may say things to you, it doesn’t matter. Please, behave yourselves and make sure everything is in place.”

Insecurity: 47 killed, 31 kidnapped across Nigeria last week


June 30, 2019 Adejumo kabir

Nigerian police force

Nigerian police force used to illustrate the story

No fewer than 47 people were killed in different attacks reported from across Nigeria last week.

According to the reports, 31 others were also kidnapped amidst the security challenges facing the nation.

The attacks in this report were either confirmed by security operatives or relations of the victims.

Sunday

Three persons were killed and 20 others kidnapped in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Sunday.

Several persons were reportedly injured with 500 cattle rustled in the attack which took place at the home town of Governor Bello Matawalle.

This was confirmed by the chairman of the local government, Ahmed Abubakar.

The police in Oyo State also confirmed the kidnap of a canteen owner, Folakemi Olufunmilayo, in Ibarapa East Local Government Area of the state.

Mrs Olufunmilayo, who operates Hosanna Food Canteen located along Igbo-Ora – Abeokuta Road, was kidnapped on Sunday within the premises of her canteen.

Monday

PREMIUM TIMES reported that at least 29 farmers were killed when Boko Haram insurgents attacked two Borno communities on Monday.

The insurgents attacked two agrarian communities of Ngangam in Mobbar Local Government Area and another village in Guzamala local government of the state.

The incidents occurred on the day the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, paid a courtesy visit to the Borno State governor, Babagana Umara.

During the visit, he told the governor that the military has developed better strategies that had been yielding positive results ‘in the past three weeks’.

Tuesday

Five persons were killed on Tuesday and several houses burnt in a fresh crisis between the Tiv and Jukuns in Rafinkada village of Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba.

Daniel Adidas, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the council, confirmed the development in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo.

He alleged that gunmen in army camouflage attacked Rafinkada and set several houses ablaze.

Seven persons were killed in overnight attacks by suspected herdsmen in Koto-Karfe in Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State.

It was reported that the attacks took place in the early hours of Tuesday between 2 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Some passengers travelling to Onitsha in Anambra State from Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State, were abducted at Ita-Ogbolu, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Tuesday.

Festus Omoniyi, secretary of Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Oyemekun branch, Akure/Ado unit, said 10 persons were kidnapped at a spot known as NYSC junction.

“The vehicle involved belongs to our union. It picked passengers in Ado-Ekiti and they were heading to Onitsha but they were attacked by herdsmen around NYSC junction,” Mr Omoniyi told TheCable.

“The incident happened around 6 a.m. There were 10 people in the vehicle, including the driver. All of them were taken into the forest. The bus is presently parked at Iju police station. We gathered that policemen could not go into the forest to confront those holding innocent people.”

Thursday

The Chief Architect of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) Calabar, Bassey Inyang, was murdered on Thursday.

Mr Inyang was murdered on Thursday night by suspected gunmen, who ambushed him and his wife at their residence along New Airport by Abasi Orok, the police confirmed.

Police spokesperson in the state, Irene Ugbo, confirmed the story.
“The man and his wife were coming back from church when some people in a bus close to his house waylaid and attacked them. No arrest has been made. We are investigating the incident.”

Friday

A male resident was hacked to death in Orin Ekiti by gunmen. The attack occurred barely 24 hours after the murder of a female undergraduate in Ise Ekiti, the police confirmed.

The latest victim was identified as Emmanuel Ilori, a hunter and rice farmer at Orin Ekiti in the Ido-Osi Local Government Area of the state.

Residents said that Mr Ilori was killed late on Friday by gunmen, described as herdsmen, while he and his colleagues were hunting


Atiku Slams N2.5bn Libel Suit On Buhari’s Media Aide, Lauretta Onochie

By checkpointcharley on 30. June 2019 • ( 0 )

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A former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has sued President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, for N2.5bn over her alleged libelous tweet of May 7, 2019.

Onochie had in the post allegedly stated that Atiku was on the watch list of security operatives in the United Arab Emirates and had travelled to shop for terrorists in the Middle East.

Atiku, through his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), filed the suit before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja on June 26.

Recall that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the February 23, 2019 poll had in a May 14, 2019 letter, demanded an apology, retraction and payment of N500m compensation from Onochie or face a lawsuit. for the damage allegedly caused him by her social media post.

Noting that Onochie was unmoved by his demand letter, Atiku, in his statement of claim accompanying his suit, stated that rather than show “remorse by retracting her earlier publication”, she further, on May 20, made “another derogatory publication and also published same globally online in the social and other print media” against his person.

“To say that the claimant is shopping for terrorists knowing same to be untrue and without any foundation is not only dishonest and reckless, but is calculated and politically designed to instigate security agents against him not only in the UAE, but across the world,” he added.

Mr. Atiku said the tweet was “politically orchestrated” “solely to cause maximum damage” to his “high reputation” while challenging “the purported victory” of Onochie’s boss, President Buhari in the last presidential election at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

He said “the defamatory publication” was also published by several newspapers nationwide and on several social media news, described it as “a figment of the imagination of the defendant.”

However, the plaintiff pointed out that it nevertheless portrayed him “as an evil man, mentor of terrorists, someone who has links with terrorists, and a person who is interested in destabilizing the peace and unity of Nigeria”.

He added, “The publication also portrayed the claimant as a security threat and terrorist to right thinking members of the public and the society at large.

“The odious publication has clearly rubbished the claimant’s image and reputation. It has caused him national and international backlash and embarrassment and has done incalculable damage to him.”

Mrs Onochie has not responded to the suit as at the time of filing this report.

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AFCON 2019: Record-chasing Super Eagles seek to extend perfect run against Madagascar


June 30, 2019Tunde Eludini

Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have already qualified for the Round of 16 at the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). But they have a rare opportunity to match a feat they only attained during their first appearance at the finals in 1963.

If the Super Eagles do not concede at the Alexandria Stadium on Sunday against the Barea of Madagascar as occurred in their previous matches, it will be the first time Nigeria will emerge from an AFCON group phase expedition with a clean sheet in over 50 years.

The closest the Eagles have come to a clean sheet in group phase was 13 years ago – also in Egypt – when they defeated Ghana and Zimbabwe 1-0 and 2-0 respectively but conceded one goal in a 2-1 defeat of Senegal in their third match in Port Said.

So much is riding on Sunday’s encounter that any expectations of a ‘soft’ session in Egypt’s second city will go up in smoke from the first blast of the referee’s whistle.

Debutants Madagascar’s 2-2 draw with Guinea in their first match and the1-0 win over Burundi on Thursday mean they now have a place in the Round of 16. But they are bound to go full throttle against group leaders Nigeria having never scored a goal against the Super Eagles in four previous encounters.

They are also determined to give their all to at least finish second in the pool, knowing that Guinea (with one point) could still push them down the ladder if Guinea win well against Burundi and Madagascar are flayed by Nigeria.

Four of the group winners will play against third-place finishers in the Round of 16, and only the Barea can still upstage Nigeria in group B, as they would go top if they defeat the Super Eagles on Sunday.

For Nigeria, more than the desire for a historic clean sheet in the group phase, the attractive option of playing a third-place finisher in Round of 16, as well as the need to remain in now familiar Alexandria for their next game, will push them to confront the Barea with all their strength.

The Acting President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi, told thenff.com: “We have six points and are already in the Round of 16. But the team wants a clean record in this group stage to go ahead with and get used to. There will definitely be bigger hurdles later on in the tournament so there is the need to get used to winning and maintaining clean sheets.”

Sunday’s encounter will be Nigeria’s 89th match at the Africa Cup of Nations in 18 appearances, from which they have won 47, drawn 22 and lost 19.

They have also won the title three times, won silver medals five times and picked up the bronze seven times.

NIGERIA Vs MADAGASCAR Head-to-Head

7 Oct 2000: Madagascar 0 Nigeria 0 – Antananarivo (AFCON Qualifier)

2 June 2001: Nigeria 1 Madagascar 0 – Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)

5 Sept 2010: Nigeria 2 Madagascar 0 – Calabar (AFCON Qualifier)

3 Sept 2011: Madagascar 0 Nigeria 2 – Antananarivo (AFCON Qualifier)

Rape Scandal: Two arrested as hooded SSS officials storm COZA


June 30, 2019 Samuel Ogundipe and Azeezat Adedigba

Two unidentified men have been taken into custody by security agents after they turned up at a planned protest outside the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Abuja.

The church has come under nationwide interest since one of its members came out Friday to accuse Biodun Fatoyinbo, its lead preacher, of rape.

Busola Dakolo, the wife of the musician Timi, said she was raped by Mr Fatoyinbo at age 16 in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Mr Fatoyinbo has denied the allegations and threatened a lawsuit.

A large segment of Nigerians on social media dismissed the preacher’s explanation and stood in solidarity with Mrs Dakolo, now a mother of three.

The rape allegation led to a call for a protest at the COZA headquarters in Abuja.

Two of the male protesters were driven away in a black Mercedes Benz C200 saloon belonging to an unidentified security agency shortly before 8:00 a.m, according to witnesses.

PREMIUM TIMES has not been able to identify the agency responsible for the arrest.

Two witnesses outside the church told PREMIUM TIMES they were angry that security agencies had started clamping down on citizens even though the protest was yet to begin.

The protest was planned for 8:30 a.m. by social media organisers.

The church has seen an increase in security measure over the weekend, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

Security personel seen standing at COZA premises [Photo: Azeezat Adedigba]

As protesters began to arrive, more security personnel were also deployed at the church’s headquarters in Abuja’s Guzape neighbourhood.

At least 30 police officers were seen around the church. About 20 Civil Defence men were also seen scattered between the church’s junction on Murtala Muhammed Way and the church’s premises, a distance of about 1.2 kilometres.

Hooded men from the State Security Service (SSS) were also everywhere outside the church, a presence some of the protesters said was aimed at intimidating them.

About a dozen soldiers also arrived at the church at about 8:40 a.m.

At the church’s entrance, security agents have joined church security officials to conduct a thorough search of visitors and members of the congregation who wanted to go inside the auditorium ahead of service commencement at 9:00 a.m.

An NSCDC bus seen parked at the COZA premises [Photo: Azeezat Adedigba]

Both men and women were asked to leave all their belongings outside. Only mobile phones and the Holy Bible were allowed inside, PREMIUM TIMES observed.

Members of the congregation who decried the stringent measure as unnecessarily problematic.

“I have been attending this church since 2013 when we were still using the Thisday Dome in Jabi,” a female member said. “This is too much today.”

She, however, said the measure might be necessary to prevent Mr Fatoyinbo’s detractors from having their way.

“People have been trying to blackmail our pastor for a long time,” she told PREMIUM TIMES.

But two protesters interviewed by PREMIUM TIMES ahead of the protest said they were here to demand accountability from Mr Fatoyinbo, who has faced at least two separate allegations of misconduct since 2013.